WASHINGTON, January 7, 2017 – Walking is moving your feet from the ground at a regular rate by lifting one foot at a time and setting them down each at a turn. Walking can be done as a normal physical exercise as you can walk to the shop, to work, or even just walk around in the house as you do your normal house duties. You can have individual walks, walks in groups or even in pairs.
Walking has many benefits, some of which might even surprise you.
- Walking strengthens your heart
Regular walking on a normal day reduces the risks of getting heart diseases and heart attack. Walking increases heart beat rate and blood pressure, which leads to greater efficiency of the heart. As your heart becomes stronger, it becomes more efficient supplying more oxygen to the body organs and brings more nutrients to the organs too.
Walking for up to 30 minutes a day can prevent high blood pressure and stroke. It increases the heart rate supplying oxygen to the muscles, which makes even our body generally to function well for our healthy living.
- It boosts your vitamin D levels
Walking in broad daylight exposes our skin to the sunlight, this increase our chances of getting vitamin D, which is not easily acquired through food consumption. Vitamin D enhances bone density and keeps your body joints mobile; they can easily move.
Not being exposed to enough vitamin D can result in bone pain and tenderness and also weak muscles. Low levels of vitamin D can also raise your risk of high blood pressure. Vitamin D is essential, and we get this nutrient by being exposed to the sun.
- It gives you energy
Walking around boost circulation of blood and enhances the faster supply of oxygen to each and every cell of the body. This, in turn, gives you more energy in the body making you feel more alive, alert and stronger since the body is getting enough oxygen and nutrients to help you run your duties.
The more you walk, the more the mitochondria; a cell that produces energy produces more energy to meet all your needs. Regular walking also increases production of very vital hormones that are very essential in the human body.
Theses hormones are like the testosterone, human growth hormone, which helps increase your metabolism and gives you more energy.
This is very ironic as you expect to get tired after walking but as we walk we tend to exercise some organs, which now become more active and enable us to do even heavier tasks.
- It makes you happy
Walking can relieve you from stress and depression. It takes away that feeling of loneliness especially when you walk with friends. Since walking is a social activity, walking as a group can help you deal with stress in that you can talk to your friends about the problem and at the end of the day you will end up feeling better.
Walking will keeps you in a better mood, as you walk the brain releases some hormone known as serotonin dopamine, which makes you feel good. When you walk, you feel you have the energy to do the small basic things in life like moving around; this also makes you happier.
Walking also helps someone to age happily since it enables the spine to maintain its mobility and your muscles can react to the environments easily. This always makes a person happier.
- Walking keeps your weight on track
We are always looking for ways to lose weight when we have the most convenient means for everyone- walking. Just strolling around for a few minutes can burn your calories. There are roughly 32 obesity genes found in the human body. Walking for about an hour a day can cut the effect of these genes in half.
You can simply walk around in the house, play with the kids but consistent movement can help you maintain your body weight.
Walking can be the most effective physical exercise for everyone. It doesn’t take much of your time; you can simply walk when moving around in normal day-to-day activities.
Walking enhances healthy living as it can do magic to your body, it also tones up legs, bums, and tummy. Instead of fueling your car to take you to work, you can simply walk to save fuel and to exercise. This will keep you active the whole day.